Aid and rebates for flood victims in state

THE Pahang government has agreed for various forms of assistance to be given to flood victims to help them cope in the post-flood period.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail announced that among the aid for heads of household was an allocation for a period of time to rent another house due to sustaining total loss from the floods.

“Consideration will be given as well to provide a one-off contribution at a certain rate to heads of household registered with flood operation control centres in their respective districts.

“A rebate of up to RM15 will also be given to heads of household for domestic water used in January. For houses that are completely lost, full rebate on water use will be given for the months of January and February, ” he said in a statement.

Other aid was January rental exemption for tenants of stalls owned by local authorities who were affected by the floods.

For severely damaged stalls, the exemption would be for a period until the stalls are fully restored.

Wan Rosdy said district and land offices were required to update detailed information on flood victims, including the type of damage suffered to property for the purpose of channelling follow-up assistance by the state, Federal Government, non-governmental organisations as well as contributions from the United Arab Emirates.

“District and land offices will also coordinate efforts to identify victims who need assistance for damaged electrical wiring caused by flooding in their houses, ” he said.

Wan Rosdy added that the state executive council also agreed to a proposal to establish a permanent multipurpose settlement centre to place flood victims, especially those from the worst affected districts of Kuantan, Pekan, Maran and Temerloh.

The centre would be open for other activities during the off-flood season, he said.

“It is hoped the proposed assistance will be sufficient to alleviate the burden borne by the flood victims in going through this challenging period, ” said Wan Rosdy.

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